What then can be said about the sower? What can be said about the seed?
Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near…;
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:6-13
Walk in the image of our Lord; and in all the good ground of the earth, which belongs to him; shall his seed flourish.
“Listen! A sower went out to sow…” Matthew 13:1-9 I’ve heard this popular parable about seeds falling on various ground many times with several interpretations. I must admit however, that I heard something slightly different as I read it today. I see it much more positively than I’d previously read and my attention was drawn to the sower. Every new morning the sower has an opportunity to sow. Much like the seed of the sower which falls on various ground, the seeds we plant in our own lives fall on various ground. Of the things we work towards in life, some of them bear fruit and some don’t. Some things are extremely successful and other things are only slightly successful. Even the Word of God we have to share with the world isn’t always going to be received by every faction of the world. The key however is that the sower continues to sow. So too we must continue to sow the Word of God knowing that in spite of the birds of prey, the rocks and thorns, God will provide good ground.
Featured Image: The Parable of the Sower from Matthew 13:1-9 art by Earnest Graham, 2008 www.earnestillustrations.com
Today perhaps we are the seed, but rest assured eventually, like Christ, Moses, David, the Disciples, Paul and the rest, God also intends us to be the sower. As the child who comes full circle in her relationship with a parent, our reconciliation with God is a process of challenges, questioning and growth, and graciously the seed that is sown is our faith in God. Eventually that faith becomes like home; a familiar place that we, and others will come back to time and again. Faith is the key that encourages us to knock and opens the doors that we by our selves would not have otherwise confronted. Faith is the confidence in knowing that in spite of our selves we will move forward because even through us, surely our God can do anything.
Mark 4: 26-34 The Kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
“With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”